Volvo Ocean Race - Newsletter - Leg 1 7 November 2011
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's yacht Azzam, skippered by Britain's Ian Walker, returns to Alicante, Spain after the mast broke in rough weather Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Welcome to Sail-World.com's Volvo Ocean Race Newsletter for 7 November 2011
This is the last of the set of three Volvo Ocean Race newsletters to be sent ahead and after the start of the Volvo Ocean Race which got underway from Alicante, Spain on 5 November at 2.00pm UTC.
The Sail-World VOR newsletter is one of a series of newsletters which will be sent over the coming 12 months, covering the Volvo Ocean Race, the 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships, and the 2012 Olympic Regatta. We're not quite sure of the total newsletter count that will be sent but expect it to be now over 6.5million across the three publications.
In this edition, sent to 115,000 subscribers, we have covered the dramatic start and catastrophic opening stanzas of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
Long story short is that two of the six entrants have had to suspend racing, after strong winds on the first night.
While it would seem that the dismasting was likely caused by a failure of a rigging part, it would appear that the hull damage to Team Sanya was caused by her striking an object in the water.
Depending on the prognosis on the damage and extent of repairs, it may be an option for Team Sanya to take the boat through the Med and Suez Canal and head straight for Abu Dhabi, and rejoin the race at that juncture. While that may seem a radical option, part of the second leg will be done on a ship by all competitors due to piracy fears. Plus Team Sanya's objectives, as a previous generation Volvo 70, was to a spoiler for the latest generation boats - taking podium places and Inport Races, where she could - and there is plenty of racing left in the event after the Abu Dhabi stopover.
In the race itself the three leaders are swapping the yellow jersey with each sked. Those who are just behind, will be expected to pull a move - most likely to try and edge across to the west - a move which worked so well for Green Dragon last time on this leg.
Thankfully the winds have dropped, and tactics will take over from seamanship as the head for the next turning mark - the island of Fernando de Noronha 195nm off the Brazilian coast. With over 6000nm left to sail there is plenty of action left in this leg of the race.
From here on we will be publishing weekly, while there is racing underway. For the latest updates stay tuned to www.sail-world.com - and click on the Volvo Ocean Race button in the top header bar, to see all stories for all regions from this exciting race - all updated as the race unfolds.
Richard Gladwell Editor@Large
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